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The terms "bully" & "bullying" seem to be the new buzz word these days; and everywhere you look a kid at school, woman on a reality show or even professional football player is claiming to be victims of bullying. This week on Playing Devil's Advocate™ with Ms. KiKi, the crew will discuss things like:
What is Bullying?
Is the term being overused?
Can an adult actually be bullied?
How/Why does someone become a bully?
What makes a person a target for a bully?...and a whole lot more!!!
And if that's not enough we have our Producer's "Drink of the Week", and our weekly “Ask PDA” advice letter!! If you want to give your two cents....contact us on Facebook, Twitter, via email, or in our interactive chat room or LIVE on-air Wed night!
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Playing Devil’s Advocate™
Uncensored, Unscripted, UNAPOLOGETIC!!!
What is bullying and why do bullies bully?
Aggressive or dominating behavior is often displayed by teenagers and can continue over a lifetime in abusive relationships. Such a primitive psychological defense mechanism finds roots in an attempt to control disturbing feelings.
Many times a bully is seeking power, especially if they did not receive a sense of security or empowerment at home. When parents or caregivers attempt control children by creating fear or shame, perhaps the smaller, more scared children or those with deeper emotional insecurities become victims, while others will hide behind their discomforts by showing abusing behaviors and exploiting other kids’ insecurities.
Join Dr. Sadigh and his special guest Sandra Dupont, LMFT to find out how the bully and the bullied respond in relationship with self and others. Learn what needs must be met in order to prevent bullying. Sandra specializes in supporting teens and their parents in understanding and addressing the issues teens face today.
Sandra Dupont has advanced training in adolescent psychology & mental development, Family Systems, Child Advocacy, Respectful Parent Training, Working Effectively with Burned-Out Parents, as well as nine years experience as a practicing counselor for families with teens.
Sandra is the author of “What Would Your Teen Life Coach Say? A Survival Guide for Girls Entering High School” that presents fictional teens with real-life situations like learning how to deal with physical changes, mood swings, mean girls, defining boundaries and more... She is also co-editor of a magazine called Revitalize, Inspire and Perform, directed towards at risk youth. She writes a column for the Huffington Post on raising teenagers in LA, and her books are available for purchase on Amazon.com
A child sits alone at the lunch table while peers snicker around him. Perhaps he understands that he is being excluded and feels sad. What about the child with a disability who may or may not understand what is happening around him? Join us to learn how we can “Dis-able Bullying” and protect our vulnerable population of children with special needs.
Tara Fishler is a conflict resolution specialist providing mediation services and training to schools, businesses and nonprofit organizations. She is the founder of Customized Training Solutions, a New York-based consulting firm that offers interactive training on a variety of topics related to communication and conflict resolution. She is currently President of NYSDRA (New York State Dispute Resolution Association).
For more Information: Tara Fishler
The Foundation of Respect: Supporting Women Bullied in the Workplace with Dawn Westmoreland
Dawn Westmoreland, has disablies from having served in the United States Air Force and received horrific bullying as a result of being a whistle blower in the Veteran Affairs. The two years of bullying she received, further aggravated her severe disabilities. Dawn has been diagnosed with an 80% disability rating by the Veteran Affairs. Dawn is now determined to empower women to play a crucial in ending workplace bullying, by providing resources and training for women to step into their own personal power.
With your help, Dawn is launching The Foundation of R.E.S.P.E.C.T which is a non-profit organization with a mission to end workplace bullying against women, worldwide.
Dawn experienced workplace bullying because she acted as a whistleblower in the Veteran Affairs, which is an agency designed to take care of military veterans – she stood up to practices that were prohibited personnel practices. As a result, Dawn endured unrelenting retaliation from her superiors to the point where her ability to function was severely compromised. While working at the Veteran Affairs, it was obvious to Dawn that there were not enough military veterans being hired by the organization.
For more information visit: http://thefoundationofrespect.com/
We assume that all adults who serve as teachers, coaches and other personel who work with youth are mature enough to appropriately handle relationships with children. However, some people abuse their authority and force children to accept being publicly demeaned, degraded, humiliated, and embarrassed. Don't our children have the right to be respected? What are we teaching them when we bully them just because we can? Do all adults understand the difference between being a firm leader and being a bully when it comes to shaping children's behavior? Recently, several children who complained about feeling uncomfortable when made to watch a movie and participate in a discussion on same sex marriage were harshly reprimanded by the teacher for not wanting to participate in the conversation. Should a student's feelings about not discussing sex or religion be dismissed by teachers? What kinds of public reprimands are considered insults, and is there a line teachers should not cross? How should a parent address this issue?
in Self Help
HOST: ANGEL BROOME
GUEST: ESSENCE DENISE JOHNSON-MISS MENIFEE 2013
Are you a teenager or child being bullied in school? Listen to Essence Denise Johnson story. Essence was bullied as a child and suffered low self-esteem that once prevented her to realize her greatness. Now she has representation at a major modeling agency and experiencing life in a great way. This great life she is now creating is something Essence "BULLIE'S" told her she could never accomplish. Essence or should we say, "Queen Essence" went from being bullied to having the drive to follow her dreams.
As "Miss Menifee 2013" Essence teaches her community her life mantra, "Lover Yourself From The Inside Out" and use her life experiences to prove to others that success is possible by simply being you.
in Self Help
Is A "Socially Awkward" Child More Prone to Becoming Bullied? Unfortunately, yes. Does it happen frequently? Again, unfortunately the answer is, yes.
Not all children are talented at being social and outgoing.
While just about any child is "fair game" to a bully... the child who has low self esteem, is shy, or has difficulty with social interaction, has a much higher chance of being targeted.
Most parents feel almost helpless and aren't quite sure what to do, how to protect, or how to guide their child through these types of situations.
Programs are finally being implemented in schools to stop this horrible problem and educating the public is in full force. But there are still a multitude of incidents of bullying taking place.
Today's Mentors Magazine coverstory interview is conducted with Amy Meyer who will discuss a FREE program created for children who are victims of bullying, in order to help them build their self esteem and social interaction abilities.
The "Why Ranch" is a place where children work with horses who have an amazing ability to bring out your child's shining inner light.
Also on todays show... we will give parents many tips on how to deal with the problems of a child being bullied.
As you listen today; we encourage you to check out this program for your child or donate any amount to the "Why Ranch". They need help so they can continue to offer this worthy program free of charge.
Teen, Tyler Chaffe will talk about writing an anti-bully anthology in memory of a teen who was badly bullied. His mentor, Robin Myers Lenhart, author and V.P. of Social Media at Block Out Bullying will also discuss bullying and spreading the message to kids that "this is only temporary". Bullying in school has reached an all time high. Unfortunately, with the high amount of social media in our daily lives, some kids simply cannot cope with the abuse. We will talk about the real issues facing kids today and give out some helpful websites and hotlines for bully survivors, parents, and educators.
In this episode we will discuss Social media especially Facebook where it is full of drama from high school drama to full grown adults well into their 40's and higher acting like high school students! Have you seen clicks form from your Facebook,Twitter and more? Have you seen full grown adults bully others trying to relive their high school days? Have you seen adults get bullied and outcasted because people hurt them to fit in with others and more? These topics are a must listen then! Stay tuned for our first show this coming Sunday and every Sunday thereafter!